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Massa's in de cold, cold ground

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By Stephen Foster, Mogens Eliasen

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Piano Accompaniment, SATB - Digital Download
Composed by Stephen Foster, Mogens Eliasen. Arranged by Mogens Eliasen. Contemporary Classical, Folk. 16 pages. Published by Soverenity Enterprises Inc. (S0.171251).

Item Number: S0.171251

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The 16-page scorefor mixed SATB choir and piano accompaniment takes about 4 minutes toperform.

The harmonies areoften quite dense with the 8 voices all being different, but bothharmonies and voices are also kept natural/classical, which shouldmake performance easier than what the score might immediatelyindicate.

The score calls for soloists, but those shouldreally be selected members of the choir, possibly taking turns, oreven performing as small groups of 2-3 voices, contrasting the tuttigroup.

The score provides a detailed display of theharmonies used, so alternative accompaniment of for instance a bandor an accordion should be relatively simple, as the piano role ismostly supportive of the voices.

The voice ranges areas follows:

First soprano: D4-G5; second soprano: D4-E5;

Alto: G3-D5;

Tenor: C3-D4;

Baritone (firstbass): G2-D3; Bass (second bass): D2-A3.


The piece is asatiric ballade, grabbing the irony in Stephen Foster’s oldclassical song, in which the negro slaves pretends to mourn theirdead master, but really are mocking him, a point that can argued tobe well hidden in the original song (and possibly not evenintended?), but it is brought out here as the pivotal point of thewhole song.

This version is NOTsuggested to be performed at a funeral for a loved one!


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